The Police are investigating six men and two women, aged between 28 and 72, for their suspected involvement in illegal gambling activities and for alleged non-compliance with safe distancing measures (SDM).
On 9 June 2021 at about 3.25 am, officers from Tanglin Police Division conducted an operation at a hawker centre located at Block 210 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh and found eight persons purportedly gathering and engaging in gambling-related activities.
Six men and a woman, aged between 28 and 69, were arrested for allegedly gaming in public and for non-compliance of SDM under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020. Another 72-year-old woman is assisting the Police in investigations. Among the six men, a 55-year-old man was also arrested for allegedly causing annoyance when drunk under the Liquor Control Act. Gambling-related paraphernalia were seized as case exhibits. Police investigations are ongoing.
Under the Common Gaming Houses Act, the offence of gaming in public is punishable with a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.
For non-compliance with SDM under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020, those found guilty may be punished with a fine not exceeding $10,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.
Under the Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act, those found guilty of causing annoyance to the public when drunk, may be punished with a fine not exceeding $1,000, imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both.
The Police take a serious view against all forms of illegal gambling activities, and will continue to take tough enforcement action against those involved in accordance with the law. Members of the public are advised to steer clear of all forms of illegal gambling activities and to take the prevailing SDM seriously.
SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE
09 June 2021 @ 9:40 PM